AT&T yesterday wheeled out its new computer chief and Olivetti refugee Vittorio Cassoni to take the wraps off that string of new or newish products (CI No 646) led by the 3B2/600 supermicro – and slashed prices on its existing 3Bs. The WE32100-based machine supports up to 64 simultaneous users with optional second processor board which increases the machine’s power by up to 50% from 2.6 MIPS to a peak 4 MIPS. The base price of $46,500 buys CPU, 4Mb of ECC memory, two 142Mb hard disks, a 720Kb floppy disk, SCSI interface supporting up to 6.5Gb, 60Mb cartridge tape and three enhanced ports. AT&T also extended support for IBM’s SNA with LU6.2 emulation at $3,000. The price cuts range from 17% to 25% on the 3B2/310 and 3B2/400, and 12% to 24% on models the 3B15/301 and 401. The 3B2/310 and 400 can also now double as Starlan personal computer servers with new network management facilities. The model 310 is now $16,600 and the model 400 $29,500. The Starkeeper I network management system provides local and remote administration and connection to DEC environments, and a remote concentrator that gives small branch offices access to AT&T’s Information Systems Network release 4.0 network management tool. The new Model 495 laser printer costs $3,595. The AT&T Dataphone II line of multiplexers adds the 740 Acculink model, and AT&T released version 2.0 of its OfficeTelerSystem.
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